Minni v Dubai Dave
Long Runs are most important for me Speed Sheep, you too as well probably.
Speed session isn't worth that much right now, LSR is where its at these last 2 weeks. You could do a little half speed session without maxing out, maybe do 3-5 yassos, a short w/m & c/d. I like the idea of rest though and get a stonking LSR the next day for the confidence.
Some of us are out on our birthday for long runs - the day before you.
SS Moz always says not to play catch up. If you miss a session just forget it and move on. This is exactly what I'd advise you to do. Just do a short slow run tomorrow if you feel the need to run, and then nail the session on Sunday. As FRC says that is the most important run.
Carrot - I wonder is Thirsk will be cancelled? The snow seems to be pretty bad down that way but it will clear quickly if it stops. I hope its on for you. Are you doing the Blyth 10k too? I know we talked about it ages ago but cant remember.
The weather here today has been totally weird. We've been on the edge of a storm all day - its been wild, dark and snowing on and off all day but the snow has been so fine and dry its been swirling around and not lying.
I needed to get one of the sessions in but still couldn't decide as I set out what to do. Decided to just head out and see what happened. A mile down the road and I decided to do the 12 @ MP using a circular route of about 1.8 miles. Headwind, crosswind and tailwind. Round and Round. Bits into the wind were hard and it was biting cold, the side winds were manageable and of course the tailwind was lush!
Got to about 6 miles (halfway) and the temperature dropped more and the wind seem to get even stronger but I was at the point of no return so had to just knuckle down and get on with it. Finished 12m @ 7:22. (7:28, 7:24, 7:24, 7:27, 7:23, 7:39, 7:26, 7:20, 7:33, 7:13, 7:18, 7:00) I felt this was really important session and needed it to go well so feeling really pleased. I did this same run last year and it averaged 7:17 (on a different route) so chuffed this was just a tiny big slower but in harder conditions.
Minni - Good confidence boosting run in naff conditions, 7:20 planned MP then or still under discussion?
SS - Can the speedwork, 5 miles slow at the most tomorrow then the long one sunday.
Richardson - Welcome, I'd race the 10K.
Col/Oompa - I'm on Blue aswell, what target times did you put down?
FRC - Nice MP miles.
Col - Good luck for tomorrow, where is the race?
SS your 15 with 8 @ MP on Sunday is still a quality run rather than a 'normal' LSR, best to be fresh for a key run like that and nail it rather than tire yourself out tomorrow and have a mediocre MP session. Have a lovely birthday on Monday, hope you're being taken somewhere nice
Yes I'm doing Blyth Minni, I am easily talked into races if I think they're fast and flat! It was perfect timing anyway - I have a 10M with 6 @ 10K pace run scheduled for that weekend so I thought it was easier to enter a 10K rather than trying to run 6M at 10K pace while dodging traffic and dog walkers. Well done powering through your MP session tonight!
kfc but good that you're being sensible. This is the time for getting better.
Barry - there have been no discussions yet! I think I'm on my own. I really want to try and slip under 3:15, which is about 7:26 pace (off the top of my head). London always measures long on the garmin so I'm thinking trying to stick to 7:20-22 for as long as possible. I'm hoping me and AA can team up together again. We ran together 2 years ago for sub 3:30 coming in at 3:28.
Here's a marathonfoto of us sharing resources: Bugger pics still not working.
Evening! Busy on here today. I'm on a rest day having a beer. Freezing cold out there.....
Think I might have to hit the turbo trainer today. It's too cold to go outside...
OK - serious question - now I am back running a bit, one change in my life is I am now a gym member and thus have access to a treadmill. I haven't actually been on it yet but with the current weather conditions I am feeling drawn to it rather than face the snow. My question to all the treadmill fans out there is what runs do you do on the treadmill as opposed to outside and why? I can understand the weather aspect but I can't work out why some of you seem to spend hours on the thing outside of winter.... But if there is a training benefit then obviously I'll give it a go!
Minni - well done for completing your MP run last night in awful conditions. Like you say, tough, tough conditions and those ones are definitely character builders. More importantly though, great use of the word lush. One my west country favourites... that's gert lush, that is!
KFC - definitely the right decision, hope you feel better soon
Simon - looking forward to hearing all about your training and the challenges you're going to face, rather you than me! Very nice thing to do for your friend
SS - good luck with your 15 with 8MP tomorrow. Don't worry about the missed session, just think about how far you'll have come when you complete that session strongly on Sunday. And if it helps, I've not done a single quality session since a week last Wednesday
Ant - hope you made it through the hangover! Looking forward to seeing how you go in Paris, think you'll nail it
Oompa - glad to hear your calf is now alright (and enjoyed reading you on the naughty step). Any news on yours Barry?
Spoons - can't answer that one I'm afraid. I've only been on a TM twice in my life.1 was jet-lagged in Hong Kong at 4am and the other was for a gym test where the woman said 'you won't complete the London to Brighton bike ride in your shape' to which I politely told her where to go and walked out. I was 22 at the time - as it happened I played cricket on the Saturday, scored 50, got absolutely hammered, had kebab and chips at 3am and headed to the start at 5am. I was absolutely fine!
Quick update from me as have been a bit all over the place the past week. Dad is still in hospital - stomach didn't react very well to op, and we're just playing the awful waiting game to find out what it is. He managed a sandwich yesterday, which was his first meal for 12 days, so fingers crossed that side of it is on the mend at least.
I really have no idea how you do it O4S - you are hard as nails and so positive, a real inspiration to us all. I hope your surgery goes well and that they manage to time it so as not to mess up your plans.
Unsurprisingly, training has taken a bit of a back seat this week as have been trying to sneak out here and there but haven't really managed a decent session. I'm not going to be in sub 3.30 shape for MK anyway, so I'm in 'what the hell' mode. I know I could get around in 4hrs if it was tomorrow, so we'll just see how it goes.
I'm planning to try and get out to do 22 tomorrow morning but I'm watching a snow blizzard out of the window as I type...
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